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LAUSD must purchase at least $400 million before it will receive the discounted price of $678 per iPad

The iPad rollout in the L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) just got a whole lot more expensive. 

According to a new report from the Los Angeles Times, the revised school budget for LAUSD shows that each iPad will cost about $100 more than the previously reported price of $678. The new price per iPad is now $770. 

Why the price jump? The report says that LAUSD must purchase at least $400 million before it will receive the discounted price of $678 per iPad. This means that the district would have to buy 520,000 iPads before getting the lower prices. 

The deal includes the iPad, a protective case, a limited three-year warranty, technical assistance and training, curriculum from Pearson Education Inc. (which is still being developed) and one Apple TV setup per 20 students.

LAUSD started out with a $50 million budget for the iPads, which is supposed to put an iPad in the hands of all students and teachers at 47 schools in the district. That budget includes training and upgrading wireless Internet at these campuses, but the prices seem to be increasing over budget. 


For example, the original budget set aside $20.3 million for iPad devices, but the revised version added over $4 million for the tablets. Also, the classroom carts (which are used to charge the iPads) were to cost $2.6 million for the first phase, but that rose to $3.2 million. 

LAUSD is trying to stay in that $50 million budget range by delaying a system for providing online courses and also shifting costs to the general fund of about $550,000. 

Despite these cost issues, the revised budget reportedly says the district is right where it wants to be in terms of the iPad rollout.

But cost isn't the only issue the district has had with the iPad launch. Earlier this month, LAUSD took the iPads back from students after nearly 300 students "hacked" into the devices allowing for access to prohibited websites like Facebook, Twitter and Pandora. About 2,100 iPads were distributed at that time. 

LAUSD counted 260 cases of iPad security "hacks" at Roosevelt, 10 from Angelou Community High School in South Park and 70 at Westchester High.

Apple scored a $30 million contract from LAUSD back in June, which is part of a a $1 billion technology plan in the school system. The school district committed to spending "hundreds of millions of dollars" with Apple over the next two years, since they chose the company as their only tablet vendor. 

Source: The Los Angeles Times



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RE: And that, my friends...
By HVAC on 10/30/2013 2:24:50 PM , Rating: 2
(apologies ... this is a diatribe, but not an uninformed one)

Success or failure in homeschooling lies with the combination of parent/teacher and student. A good teacher can teach beyond their own ability because they study and understand the best way the student learns. This study and understanding can be deductive or intuitive.

I do not write from ignorance, but I also do not write from a full understanding. I helped raise and homeschool my seven children for a period. It did not go well because the teacher/parent in question was engaging in homeschooling out of neurosis (control and fear issues) and the children were both dyslexic and diverse in learning styles (one audial, three kinetic, one abstract, one visual, and one too young to categorize).

There was a need for multiple different curriculum methods that overwhelmed the teacher/parent and the budget. Additionally it was discovered after the switch to public school that some of the students were audially impaired which kept them from proper communication development.

What I can say definitively is that socialization is actually better with homeschooling. The students interacted better with a wide range of people with different ages and economic backgrounds than I observed in neighbor children schooled at public school. This can be confirmed by reading about common homeschool myths (one can google such subjects for a wide array of information).

This relates to the parent subject on a parallel level. A school district trying to find different ways to engage students and different methods of teaching is good, but no one teaching method or engagement method is a panacea. For example, a tablet computer may engage visual and abstract learners (abstract learners, the ones that are bookworms and obedient and quiet are the ones most public schools are geared toward) but maybe not kinetic, audial, tactile, or mixed learners.


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